A Blizzard of Blessings!

Snowy Greetings, friends!

What a weekend we had here in the Midwest! A massive storm developed as two weather systems collided, combined with the effect of Lake Michigan. The Blizzard of 2015 dropped twenty inches of snow, while high winds created large snowdrifts everywhere.

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Sunday morning we woke up to several inches of heavy, wet snow.

Frigid. Exhausting. Swirling.

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As the day went on, high winds swirled the snow around in the garden.

Deep. Drifting. Relentless.

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The limbs of our pine trees were heavy with snow, as they swayed in the strong winds.

Dangerous. Stressful. Endless…

These were a few of the words

 that came to mind as we drifted off to sleep,

after spending Saturday evening and all day Sunday

working to keep up with the accumulating snow.

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ABC7 News reporter, Judy Hsu used time lapse to capture the

Blizzard of 2015 in her yard, in just 26 seconds! Amazing!!

Click here to see her video!

{With special thanks to Judy Hsu.}

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This morning,

as a new day dawned,

tiny snowflakes were falling gently.

Bright sunshine and blue skies soon revealed

the ‘Marshmallow World 

that was once our garden…

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Mounds of snow turned our evergreen bushes into huge marshmallows.

Our herb

Snow piled halfway up the garden gate, burying our herbs under a white, fluffy blanket.

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Marshmallow snow caps topped our white picket fence.

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The pine trees were iced with heavy, wet snow.

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Icicles began to form in the cold afternoon sunshine.

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The seed heads and stems of Black-Eyed Susans created a ‘shadow garden’ on the glittery snow.

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Rooftops and pine trees wore mounds of fluffy, marshmallow whiteness.

As I trudged through knee-deep snow in our garden this afternoon,

reflecting on the past thirty-five hours of falling snow,

my whole perspective changed…

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Although we had a very difficult thirty-five hours,

the Blizzard of 2015

had actually dropped a mixture of swirling snow

and a ‘Blizzard of Blessings’ upon us…

Sunday:

∗  Our family and friends were all safe.

∗ Our power stayed on through the storm, keeping us warm and cozy.

∗  My husband and I were together through the entire storm. It’s always nicer with two!

∗  A kind neighbor surprised us (twice!) by clearing our sidewalks with his huge snowblower.

∗  Using our small snowblower and shovels several times, we were able to clear our sidewalks and driveway.

∗  Neighbors waved to one another, as we weathered the storm together.

∗  Our family and friends, nearby and oh-so-far away, checked to be sure we were safe.

∗  Snowplow drivers worked throughout the storm to keep our suburban roads open.

∗  A big pot of lentil soup warmed us inside, so that we could keep shoveling outside.

∗  A cozy ‘time-out’ to watch Downtown Abbey provided a wonderful escape from the snow.

Monday:

∗  This morning, a group of crafty friends gathered to make Valentine cards and shared our blizzard tales.

∗  Today was a Snow Day for many students and teachers, keeping everyone safe.

∗ Huge trucks hauled the snow away from our library, so that families could come warm up with a good book.

∗  Big snowmen began appearing all over town!

∗  The snow-covered garden looked gorgeous sparkling in the afternoon sun.

∗  There was a beautiful sunset this evening.

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Our fifth snowiest storm ever

was a HUGE challenge for everyone.

As we remember the hardships of the Blizzard of 2015,

we are also counting our blessings.

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Now the storm is heading east,

where everyone is still recovering from last week’s historic blizzard.

We wish everyone still in its path a ‘Blizzard of Blessings’… along with all of the snow!

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We are expecting more snow tomorrow.

Today the Groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of Winter. Brrrrr!

It’s the perfect week for some heartwarming fun ~

making Valentine cards and baking goodies to share!

Stay safe and warm!

♡ Dawn

            P.S.  Are you enjoying a snowy winter or a mild winter this year?